The Virginia Horse Council is your voice for the expanding equine industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Council is a not-for-profit organization formed by horsemen for Virginia horsemen. The membership and Board of Directors represent all breeds. The purpose of the Virginia Horse Council is to promote and improve the horse industry in Virginia.
Our mission is to serve as the umbrella organization of the Virginia equine community and to monitor legislative issues affecting horsemen and horses in the Commonwealth. The vision of the Virginia Horse Council (VHC) is to be recognized as a leader in providing broad representation to all facets of the equine industry before the Virginia General Assembly and Congress. The VHC collaborates with other areas of the agricultural community and helps facilitate communications between members of the equine industry and state and federal agencies. The VHC aspires to keeps Virginia horsemen informed of regulations and pending legislation they may impact them, and to provide educational opportunities that further enhance the industry.
Please consider Joining The Virginia Horse Council!
Join now and get membership benefits for 2021! After we receive your membership application, you will receive a Welcome Packet which will include:
*VHC Scholarship information*
*Info on exciting Member Benefits*
*In-Excess policy (if purchased)*
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VHC’s Annual Educational Seminar will be held virtually this year on consecutive Thursday evenings in May.
- On May 6, Robert Eversole, TrailMeister, will lead us through (pun intended) Introduction to Horse Camping from his home in Washington State.
- On May 13, Dr. Scott Pleasant will talk to us about laminitis, how to avoid ever facing that problem, and weight control.
- On May 20, Tommy Barron from Cargill Animal Nutrition, will lecture on feeding the metabolic horse, and how the same principles can be applied to horses who aren’t metabolic.
- On May 27, Sue Fanelli with EQ Knowledge will talk with us about the VHC Task Force and its ground-breaking program on horse handling and control for Animal Control Officers in the Commonwealth. This program is the first of its kind in the state and we’re very proud of its content and quality.
May 13 – Dr. Scott Pleasant, VMCVM
Dr. Scott Pleasant is the C.R. Roberts Professor of Clinical Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM), Virginia Tech. Dr. Pleasant has been a faculty member at the VMCVM since 1991. He is board certified in surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and currently serves as Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s (VTH’s) Equine Podiatry Service.
In 2005, Dr. Pleasant received the National Teaching Excellence Award – Clinical Sciences, from the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2016, he was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame. He has authored or co – authored over 100 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. He has given more than 250 presentations to professional and lay groups. His clinical and research interests include equine podiatry, lameness, and nutrition.
Dr. Scott Pleasant will talk to us about laminitis, how to avoid ever facing that problem, and weight control.
“Pasture Laminitis – Don’t let it happen to Your Horse”
This presentation will explain what Pasture Laminitis is and why certain horses are at increased risk for it to happen to them.
The Virginia Horse Council and EQ-Knowlege Present:
Equine Education for Animal Control Officers and First Responders
The Virginia Horse Council is excited to announce an initiative to address the ongoing problem of the lack of information and education regarding equines in Virginia as pertains to emergencies, neglect and abuse cases, and seizures. To remedy this, we spearheaded a task group of concerned equestrians, including the State Veterinarian’s office, the result of which is “EQ-Knowledge,” who has created a certified course, “Equine Education,” a hands-on based certification course for Animal Control Officers and First Responders. The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to over 180,000 horses, mules, and donkeys. Over 500 were seized or surrendered to Animal Control in 2018, and Large Animal Rescue happens frequently. This 8 hour class provides hands-on horse handling and welfare assessment instruction for ACOs and other First Responders to increase awareness and skill working with these large animals. This course and certification is the first of it’s kind in Virginia and indeed, in the USA.
For an overview of the course, please click this link: